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Lead Pipes & Steel Bars Seal the Fate of Chicago Youth

Posted on May 23, 2019 by

A new Harvard study finds the racial disparity in toxic exposure rates to account for 20-60% of intergenerational inequality between blacks and whites in Illinois. In Chicago, majority black census tracts are almost always exposed to more hazards than majority white tracts. The model, created by PhD student Robert Manduca and sociologist Robert J. Sampson, shows “lead exposure [to be] predictive of whether people grew up to be incarcerated.” Illinois Department of Public Health says the state continues to have the highest childhood blood lead levels in the nation.

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